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Risks

1. Does the Policing 2026 strategy identify and acknowledge the main risks, challenges, opportunities and demands likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years?

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We would welcome any view you have.
The Strategy provides a comprehensive overview of the areas that are likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years acknowledging our changing society and the challenges this presents.

Focus

2. Do you agree the main areas of focus proposed within the Policing 2026 strategy are the right ones to deliver an enhanced policing service?

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Please tell us why you think these are the right or wrong areas of focus?
The five main areas for focus are appropriate and reflect the themes of community justice. In Dumfries and Galloway, we are committed to ensuring a focus on improving experiences for communities and basing action on evidenced need and community involvement is core to our local model for community justice. We fully support prevention as a key principle, this requires a commitment in resources for community policing and robust collaboration with partner organisations, groups and schools. We are keen to build on this at a local level and will ensure Police Scotland remain one of our key partners. It is also encouraging to see a long term approach being taken which enables more effective partnership working towards achieving long term goals.

Methods

3. Do you agree the methods proposed within this strategy are the right ones to deliver an improved policing service?

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Please tell us why you think this is the right or wrong approach?
In Dumfries and Galloway there is good practice in terms of strong and effective partnership working which should be harnessed by Police Scotland in informing its Strategy and future service delivery. The roles and responsibilities of individual partners in the delivery of the Strategy must be clear. The draft Strategy for example, outlines the development of civic hubs: these will require to be jointly developed and jointly resourced. Indeed, an area of focus in our first Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan is to work towards a multi agency community justice hub which links in well; however we must ensure we avoid duplication of work where ever possible and communication is crucial for this. The Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Partnership is working to improve mobile and internet coverage across the whole of our region which is very challenging. It is therefore important that as Police Scotland moves towards a more agile workforce and working arrangements, the technology is accessible to, and able to be used by, all communities across Scotland. Community planning partner organisations are continuously working to improve public contact and engagement and this is a recurring theme across the public protection agenda. There is an expectation within the strategy for community justice that we also engage with those who have experience of the justice system; offenders, victims and families, to gauge their experiences and make improvements to processes. However, this cannot be done in isolation. There are opportunities to develop this jointly with Police Scotland. Early, transparent discussion across all partners will be critical in going forward to ensure effectiveness.

Performance

4. The Policing 2026 Strategy states that public confidence will be a key measure of success and the effectiveness of Police performance. Do you agree with this approach?

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Obviously we agree that public confidence is crucial and therefore a key measure of effectiveness and success. In terms of future policing arrangements it is important to take cognisance of the fact that one size does not fit all and the strong reference to localism and recognition of diversity is welcomed. The transfer of the local control room in Dumfries impacted on confidence locally and the impact of crime in small, disparate rural communities demands a certain flexibility of approach to ensure confidence remains high. The commitment to engaging, listening, learning and adapting through community involvement and consultation is reflected in our local Community Justice Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework, including consulting with those experiencing the journey through the system itself; therefore as a partnership we support this approach.

Workforce

5. The Policing 2026 strategy highlights that we will need to re-shape our organisation with a workforce focussed on having the right skills and capacity to meet future challenges. Do you agree with this approach?

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This approach is supported and relevant across all sectors. In rural areas such as Dumfries and Galloway it is crucial that the police workforce are located in local areas and are accessible to the public and this theme runs through the strategy. The skills required for successful community policing necessitate direct and honest involvement with communities, community led activity and partners, it is encouraging that this is reflected in this 10 year strategy. We note the increase in those presenting with mental health issues and this in itself requires a particular skillset. Whilst additional training may be required by the police workforce, greater collaboration and partnership working are also crucial components in meeting this challenge; adding value to the work of the police and partners. It is pleasing to this reflected in the strategy.

Clear & Understandable

6. Is the strategy presented in a clear and understandable way?

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The strategy is clear and easy to read and follow. It is also well aligned to both the National Strategy for Justice and the National Strategy for Community Justice. The use of 'Our Strategy on a Page' effectively brings together all the information in diagrammatic form and aids understanding.

Other views

7. We would welcome any additional views you have on our strategy and how it will affect you, or any other person.

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Through taking a long term approach the vision for the future is clear. This enables partners and partnerships to incorporate police priorities in to their own strategic plans and helps them to identify how the work of local partnerships fits in to the long term vision, recognising the challenges ahead. We believe that community policing, with a clear presence and proactive engagement with the public is vital to improving relationships and increasing confidence with both the public and partners. Local circumstances, needs and aspirations must be considered when developing future police delivery models and it is encouraging to see a focus on early intervention and prevention in order to keep people out of the justice system whilst also tackling crime. Dumfries and Galloway is in the fortunate position of having a local authority with a single health board and a single police division which should enhance robust partnership working and early and effective interventions.

About you

8. What is your name?

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Vikki Binnie

10. Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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On behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Community Justice Partnership